I just had quite possibly the most fun I have had in a long time. Yeah, yeah we made gingerbread houses with the kids. It was a plethora of fun and I was so attentive, delicately placing rock hard icing on every single nook and cranny on that four walled house of pain. Did you know you can get winded doing this? And I consider myself a fairly ‘in-shape’ individual. But then. My bestie and I decided to do a little cocktail taste testing for our upcoming ‘work’ Christmas party. I put work in quotations because….well I don’t know why. Mainly because these people are not simply my coworkers, but they are pretty much my family. Scouring Pinterest for hours, we chose two recipes. Only to discover that the grocery store where we work does not sell half the crap in said recipes. So… we play. I’m sure there is a variation of this first thing out there, but this is what we came up with.
- 2 ounces decent plain vodka
- 1 1/2 ounces light cranberry juice
- 1/2 ounce simply syrup
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Probably a few fresh cranberries
- Sugar for rim
Obviously, mix all of it together in a shaker with some ice. Minus the cranberries. I thought those would be a nice touch for on top. However, fresh cranberries in these parts will break a gal and I’m holding out for a special occasion (an actual party, not simply a friend taste tester drink-a-thon). This was our favorite of the two. In part because of its perfectly balanced flavor and in part because the second one is likely to kill someone if you have more than a couple.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
(recipe derived from the mantitlement.com blog)
- 3 ounces RumChata
- 1 ounce vanilla vodka
- 1/2 ounce Fireball whiskey
- Cinnamon sugar, for rimming glass
Again. Obviously shake all ingredients together in shaker. A few things with this one. First, if you plan to make it, don’t eat dinner. It is incredibly rich and filling (yet delicious!). Second, like I already mentioned, this thing is potent. If you are looking to go big or go home, drink a couple of these, then go home, that way you get to do both. At this point, you will regret the fact that you did not eat dinner.
I plan on committing myself to one of these posts for every single semi-recognizable holiday. I feel as though it’s my duty. Enjoy.